US Schools Encourage Kids To Join Shocking Chatrooms

Republican lawmakers and concerned parents are sounding the alarm over the promotion of secretive online chat platforms at public schools across the United States. These platforms, such as QChat and TrevorSpace, are aimed at minors who identify as LGBT and allow them to discuss sensitive topics with adults without their parent's knowledge or consent.

In Massachusetts, administrators at Brockton Public Schools directed youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ to QChat, a platform that boasts of providing anonymous chat discussions on topics ranging from tarot cards to "queer youth activism" and "sex and relationships." The platform, operated by a coalition of LGBT activist groups and Planned Parenthood, even has a feature that allows users to quickly hide their use of the site from their parents.

Similarly, in Wisconsin, students were guided to TrevorSpace, which also allows minors to anonymously chat with adults on various topics. However, the platform has come under fire for hosting graphic conversations about sexual fetishes, giving advice to minors on how to obtain breast binders without their parent's knowledge, and even discussing masturbation habits.

These revelations have sparked outrage among parents and lawmakers who are concerned about the safety and well-being of children. Nicole Neily, the founder and president of Parents Defending Education, says that these platforms are often promoted in the name of anti-bullying and mental health but can actually harm children.

"Most gender policies in districts are promoted as 'anti-bullying' and 'anti-harassment' measures, and districts often cite data on mental health and suicidality," Neily said. "Through our tip line, PDE receives information from across the country, and gender issues are ubiquitous from coast to coast."

In response to the concerning promotion of these chat platforms, Parents Defending Education has been working to provide parents with information and resources to address this issue.

While some school districts, such as Pepin Area Schools in Wisconsin, have removed the links to these platforms after being contacted by media outlets, others continue to promote them as resources for students. The Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin, for example, promotes the QChat on its "LGBTQIA+ Equity" page, while the San Juan Unified School District in California promotes the TrevorSpace.

The promotion of these platforms has also come under scrutiny from state officials, with former Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman facing a lawsuit for endorsing QChat. The suit was ultimately dismissed, but Hoffman was ousted from office during the election after her endorsement of the platform became a focus.

Republican lawmakers have also called out the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for promoting QChat on their website. In a letter addressed to then-Director Rochelle Walensky, eight members of Congress called it "unconscionable" for the government to promote a platform that could potentially harm children.

As concerns continue to mount, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has drafted a letter for parents to sign, demanding that TrevorSpace be removed as a resource on school district websites. "Students discussing sexuality with adults, often seeking to eliminate parents entirely from the conversation, raises significant concerns about student safety," the letter states.

Despite the backlash, neither the Trevor Project nor QChat have responded to requests for comment on the controversy surrounding their platforms. As concerned parents and lawmakers continue to speak out against the promotion of these secretive chat rooms, it remains to be seen how school districts and the organizations behind these platforms will respond.

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